The European Parliament's political groups : between high cohesion and recurrent breakdowns
Title: The European Parliament's political groups : between high cohesion and recurrent breakdowns
Author: CICCHI, Lorenzo
Series/Number: PADEMIA Research Notes on Parliamentary Democracy; 2017/03
The political groups in the European Parliament (EP) have been generally described as cohesive actors: members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from the same political group are likely to vote together, regardless of their nationality. Based on his recently published book on MEPs’ voting behaviour, the author analyses those roll-call votes where political groups of the European Parliament (EPGs) are exceptionally divided, reaching partially counter-intuitive results. He argues that what is generally overlooked is that the high levels of party cohesion in the EP may be a ‘statistical artefact’, in the sense that a substantial number of divisive votes are drowned out by a large majority of votes where party groups are highly or almost completely cohesive.
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